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Operation Clean Halls

A police program in New York City allows landlords to give permission to the police to patrol the halls of their apartment buildings. Operation Clean Halls has operated since 1991 as part of the departments stop and frisk program.  Advocates of the program say it helps deter criminals, such as drug dealers, from operating inside the buildings.

But three civil rights organizations … the New York Civil Liberties Union, Latino Justice (PRLDEF) and the Bronx Defenders, have joined to file a federal class-action suit on behalf of tenants and their guests. They want the courts to modify what they say are unlawful practices used to enforce the program. . Maria Hinojosa talks about the suit with Juan Cartagena, president and general counsel for LatinoJustice PRLDEF, one of the organizations that filed the suit.

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Juan Cartagena

is the president and general counsel for LatinoJustice PRLDEF. He is a constitutional and civil rights attorney with experience in employment rights, language rights, voting rights, public education financing, environmental law, housing and access to public hospitals.

The Death of Trayvon Martin: Also a Latino Issue

Trayvon Martin was shot by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, son of a white father and a Latina mother. The shooting is being investigated by a local grand jury and by federal authorities. This is the story of two Americans: the 17-year-old whose life was cut short and the man who says he shot in self-defense. Maria Hinojosa speaks to Kai Wright, editorial director of Colorlines.Com, about how Trayvon’s death raises questions on youth, safety and racial and ethnic identity.

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Noticiando

For the news, Maria Hinojosa speaks with gay rights activist Andres Duque about the current state of gay rights in Latin America. Duque says hate crimes are on the rise in Mexico but at the same time, gays are being elected to public office throughout Latin America. Duque’s blog is called “Blabbeando.”


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Latino Perspectives 10 Years Later

The sights and sounds of 9/11 are seared into our collective memories. Dazed and exhausted rescue workers rushing toward the rubble. Ash-covered office workers lining the streets of Lower Manhattan. Tear-streaked faces of onlookers searching for loved ones. It was a national nightmare that has been difficult to awaken from… even now, a full decade down the road.

Yet sleepwalking through these times is not an option. Particularly in the Latino community, there is a need to stay uniquely aware of where we are and where we’re going as a community and country. Maria Hinojosa talks to the ACLU’s Executive Director Anthony Romero about our civil liberties.


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Dolores at 80

Dolores Huerta. The woman behind some of the most important huelgas America has ever seen. At 80, the legendary activist is no little old lady — she’s a force to be reckoned with. Co-founder of the United Farm Workers, now leader of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, she’s championed dozens of civil and human rights causes alongside some of the most prominent people of the 20th and 21st centuries… and she has no intention of stopping anytime soon.

She sat down and talked with Maria Hinojosa about her work and her life.


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Special thanks to WGBH Boston for the audio of Maria and Dolores’s conversation. Find out more about WGBH’s One on One with Maria Hinojosa. And thanks to Marcos Najera for audio from the 80th birthday celebration.

Dolores Huerta Timeline

See some of the moments from Dolores Huerta’s life as she describes, in her own words, how she got involved in community organizing.

Detained Without Counsel

The number of people held in detention centers has tripled over the past decade according to Amnesty International. As federal immigration authorities have
detained more immigrants facing deportation there have been efforts to streamline the deportation process. Usually a hearing is held, the immigrant may not understand their defenses to removal, and a ruling is quickly rendered without legal counsel present.

A new report by the City Bar Justice Center based in New York says nearly 40 percent of all detained immigrants interviewed in NYC’s Varick detention facility
have valid legal claims to remain in the country and defend against removal.

Lynn M. Kelly is the executive director of the City Bar Justice Center. She spoke with Latino USA’s Maria Hinojosa.


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